From September 2022, Nathalie Bourgeois-De Ryck served as the first president of the chamber at the Court of Appeal of Versailles, together with the first president, Jean-François Beynell. A new step in his more than 30-year refereeing career. In parallel with his profession, he develops a passion for urban culture, an activity that is fully written in street art.
On a Saturday afternoon in Paris in search of works of art in the twentieth arrondissement of Paris. A habit for judge Nathalie Bourgeois-De Ryk. Not as part of his profession, but to fuel his passion street art. In jeans, sneakers and a dark red burgundy jacket, he walks the streets to see or discover the frescoes on the walls of the Menilmontant district. In a developed building, there is this tiger over a meter high coming out of a bamboo forest against a blue background. Passionateurban art immediately recognize the artist behind this work. “Here is a work by an artist named Mosko that I like. He often perceives wild animals. There’s this tiger on this street and a little further, if I remember correctly, there’s a black panther,” explains Nathalie Burgeois-De Ryck, pointing to the end of the street.
“The more I travel around the cities, the more I get to know the authors and their works”
This passion for street art started about ten years ago. “I love to visit cities. At first I was interested in architecture. During these walks, I noticed that there were frescoes on the walls, which I considered to be real works of art. Then slowly I started to be interested in the literature on this topic street art “, – emphasizes the judge. He reads Urban Art Magazine, follows applications to identify areas where he can find work. Until he is a connoisseur of the history and types of work, he can erase: stencils, frescoes or even mosaics. “The more I travel around the cities of France, the more authors I meet a lot and we look for the works of these artists. Bordeaux is very rich street art. There is an artist called Charles Foussard, I will buy new works he can create,” explains Nathalie Burgeois-De Ryck.
Outside of France, he also traveled to many urban areas abroad. Sometimes falling into separated areas street art Like Bushwick in East New York. “You don’t know where to turn anymore,” he says. Faced with the ephemeral spirit of this artistic activity, the judiciary prefers to perpetuate street-art-trotter encounters. “I take a lot of pictures. They are stored on the hard disk, classified by city and year. I like being able to keep the works that interest me,” he says, unable to estimate the number of shots he’s taken.
A way to get bored of the daily life of a judge
At a bend in the street in the 20th arrondissement, Nathalie Bourgeois-De Ryck comes across a twenty-meter-long mural. A difference he didn’t know. When faced with work, he always adopts the same method: “I always have a peripheral vision when I look at all work. Then I often look at more concrete things, especially a monumental work to decipher what the artist is trying to say.” A means of escaping, depressing, and breaking out of the static situation within the graduate profession he has been working on for thirty years.
And runs in the daily life of Nathalie Bourgeois-De Ryck. As part of his judicial career, a “remarkable” case emerged when he served as a juvenile judge at Evry High Court from 1996 to 2004. He recalls: “It was a felony case in juvenile felony court. I presided as a juvenile judge. It was, to put it mildly, a basement ‘roamer’ with horrific acts. It involved young men raping young girls. the case involved multiple victims and multiple perpetrators. The hearing lasted several days, and the case was intense because its duration was exceptional for a juvenile felony trial.” allows to do.
Practice position at the Court of Appeal of Versailles
Nathalie Bourgeois-De Ryck has experience. The new step in his career proves it. In September 2022, he joined the Court of Appeal of Versailles to take up the position of President of the First Chamber. “There are several judges who perform this function. Twenty across all appellate courts. The purpose of this function is to control the poles of civil or criminal jurisdiction in the courts of appeal, “he said. His daily life: to manage and coordinate the activities of 21 chambers and sixty or more magistrates in the civil, commercial, social and family areas. He is also the judge and the first is the link between President Jean-Francois Beynel.The purpose is to direct the jurisdictional policy of the Court of Appeal and the four jurisdictional courts according to the will of the latter.
But like any judge, Nathalie Bourgeois-De Ryck conducts hearings, especially in court proceedings. “With these animation missions, I will have a function where the ability to be the sole judge is more important. The files are not the most important to the appellate court, but in summary, you may have important documents. There will be written results, but part of the trial is oral proceedings,” he explains. This function at the Court of Appeal of Versailles mirrors his previous offices: “For me, to return to a lower court to perform judicial functions once again and to allow my colleagues at the Court of Appeal to benefit from my experience. can obtain in the court of cassation. Relations between appeal courts and Cassation courts are very strong.”
Nathalie Bourgeois-De Ryck knows the highest French court well. First, in 1993-1996, he was an auditor, then he was appointed to the position of vice-president in 2017, in 2019-2022, working groups of the first presidency of the Court of Cassation, adviser on institutional relations and appeals courts. of the Longjumeau district court, he attained the rank of non-hierarchical master, the highest in the judicial system. A distinction marked Nathalie Bourgeois-De Ryck’s career began in 1989 when she left the National Court School.